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"From the Ted Talk by Danny Dorling: Maps that show us who we are (not just where we are)"

Unscramble the Blue Letters

There are a huge nubmer of good news soiters in the world. Infant mortality is falling and has been flinalg at an incredible rate. A few years ago, the number of babies dying in their first year of life in the wrlod fell by five percent in just one year. More children are going to school and learning to read and wirte and getting connected to the Internet and going on to go to university than ever before at an incredible rate, and the highest number of young people going to university in the world are wmeon, not men. I can give you good news story after good news story about what is getting better in the paenlt, but we tend to concentrate on the bad news that is immediate. Rebecca Solnit, I think, put it brilliantly, when she explained: "The accretion of incremental, imperceptible changes which can constitute progress and which rneder our era dramatically different from the past" — the past was much more stable — "a contrast obrescud by the undramatic nature of gradual transformation, punctuated by oiasacnocl tumult." Occasionally, terrible things happen. You are shown those terrible things on the news every night of the week. You are not told about the population slowing down. You are not told about the world becoming more connected. You are not told about the iienlbrcde improvements in understanding. You are not told about how we are learning to begin to waste less and cnsuome less.

Open Cloze

There are a huge ______ of good news _______ in the world. Infant mortality is falling and has been _______ at an incredible rate. A few years ago, the number of babies dying in their first year of life in the _____ fell by five percent in just one year. More children are going to school and learning to read and _____ and getting connected to the Internet and going on to go to university than ever before at an incredible rate, and the highest number of young people going to university in the world are _____, not men. I can give you good news story after good news story about what is getting better in the ______, but we tend to concentrate on the bad news that is immediate. Rebecca Solnit, I think, put it brilliantly, when she explained: "The accretion of incremental, imperceptible changes which can constitute progress and which ______ our era dramatically different from the past" — the past was much more stable — "a contrast ________ by the undramatic nature of gradual transformation, punctuated by __________ tumult." Occasionally, terrible things happen. You are shown those terrible things on the news every night of the week. You are not told about the population slowing down. You are not told about the world becoming more connected. You are not told about the __________ improvements in understanding. You are not told about how we are learning to begin to waste less and _______ less.

Solution

  1. women
  2. consume
  3. incredible
  4. occasional
  5. falling
  6. obscured
  7. stories
  8. render
  9. world
  10. planet
  11. write
  12. number

Original Text

There are a huge number of good news stories in the world. Infant mortality is falling and has been falling at an incredible rate. A few years ago, the number of babies dying in their first year of life in the world fell by five percent in just one year. More children are going to school and learning to read and write and getting connected to the Internet and going on to go to university than ever before at an incredible rate, and the highest number of young people going to university in the world are women, not men. I can give you good news story after good news story about what is getting better in the planet, but we tend to concentrate on the bad news that is immediate. Rebecca Solnit, I think, put it brilliantly, when she explained: "The accretion of incremental, imperceptible changes which can constitute progress and which render our era dramatically different from the past" — the past was much more stable — "a contrast obscured by the undramatic nature of gradual transformation, punctuated by occasional tumult." Occasionally, terrible things happen. You are shown those terrible things on the news every night of the week. You are not told about the population slowing down. You are not told about the world becoming more connected. You are not told about the incredible improvements in understanding. You are not told about how we are learning to begin to waste less and consume less.

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good news 4
population growth 4
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